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VanDerveer, Stanford to discuss an extension

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer plans to sit down with athletic director Bernard Muir at the end of the season to begin talks about a contract extension.

VanDerveer is signed for two more years through the 2014-15 season, but she said Monday she is ready to think about her job on The Farm beyond that time frame and to plan her future at the university where she has become one of the top coaches in the country.

“I love it here,” VanDerveer said Monday before an NCAA tournament practice. “This spring we’re going to have a conversation. I will meet with Bernard and figure out what the plan will be. It seems it’s a good thing to have a contract with the things that are happening.

“Basically, it’s just an athletic director and university decide if you’re going to work for them. There’s always pressure on coaches.”

VanDerveer’s top-seeded Cardinal (32-2) will play No. 8 seed Michigan tonight in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The winner advances to the Spokane Regional semifinals on Saturday at the Spokane Arena.

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